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Music Delivery in 2020

Today is October 14, 2020, the day that I pay my bills. I switched over to online billing a long time ago, and my statements routinely show up in my e-mail inbox. I log-on and pay my cell phone bill, my Netflix bill, and my internet bill. The bill for my internet seems a little high, so I look into things a little closer. It appears that the introductory rate on my music add-on has run out, and I am now being charged full price. Continue reading

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Today We Learn About: Social Security Reform

The most effective way to reform Social Security is to make adjustments to the payroll taxes that fund the system. Eliminating the maximum contribution cap, adjusting the system of employer contributions, eliminating some wage exemptions, and increasing the trust fund recovery penalty are all ways to accomplish this goal. In addition, greater attention and oversight should be paid in order to identify and eliminate fraud within the system. Continue reading

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Today We Learn About: Agriculture Subsidies in the United States

The United States should eliminate agricultural subsidies to domestic farmers. This policy costs the taxpayer $177.6 billion dollars from 1995 to 2006.1 In addition, a vast majority of subsidies go to a very small portion of our nations farmers and keep the price of certain foods higher than free market value.2 There is a notion that farmers would be poor if not for subsidies, or that a lack of subsidies would be a national security issue. These statements are not true.

More is spent on agricultural subsidies than other departments of government as a whole. As per the United States budget for fiscal year 2006, more was spent in the Department of Agricultural in 2004 than in the Departments of Commerce, Interior, Justice, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, NASA, National Science Foundation, Social Security Administration, and the Corp of Engineers. In addition, more was spent on subsidies than on the Environmental Protection Agency, Executive Office of the President, Judicial Branch, and Legislative Branch combined.3 These numbers have remained stagnant over the last few years. Meanwhile, a Fox News poll from May of 2009 indicates that Americans are looking for less spending from their government.4 Continue reading

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